New treatment helping people with migraines


Headaches are unpleasant, but when you multiply that pain by 100, you have got a migraine. In America more than 28 million people suffer from the throbbing pain, vomiting and sensitivity to light.

Now, a new experimental procedure could bring relief to some patients.

"I went to a neurologist,” says patient Jenny Bruner. “I was hospitalized. They put me on preventative medicines. We tried acupuncture and even Botox. I tried biofeedback and nothing was working."

For close to seven years Jenny Bruner dealt with debilitating daily migraine headaches.

"I did not see any hope,” says Jenny. “It was so frustrating just living in constant pain."

She met with more than a dozen doctors and tried 62 different medications trying to get her life back.

"Unbearable because you are not able to eat because you are nauseated all the time," explains Jenny.

Jenny is one of millions of people who suffer from chronic migraines.

According to the American Migraine Foundation, 12 percent of the population is affected and three times more women have migraines than men.

The 32-year-old traveled to try and find relief in something a friend found online.

A neurostimulation treatment branded as transforma.

"They are somewhat skeptical that a procedure like this would work for them and we understand that because they have literally been through everything," explains Dr. Jack Chapman an intervention pain specialist.

In the procedure, doctors implant tiny leads beneath the skin. They connect to a small battery pack implanted in the lower back.

The battery pack sends small electrical pulses to two areas of the head and the patient can adjust the strength of the pulses based on the level of pain.

"We are turning on a small electrical signal to the nerve to basically to shut off or change that nerves transmission of the pain that people interpret as a headache," explains Dr. Chapman.

"It feels kind of like you are getting a massage and some people describe it as champagne bubbles," says Jenny.

Jenny says the treatment changed her life. She felt better in a month, experienced fewer headaches and was actually able to start dating again. Now she is married.

Neurostimulation has been around for many years.

However, it is still considered experimental by many insurance companies since it has not been approved by the FDA as a way to deal migraine pain.

Instead this type of therapy is usually for patients like Jenny who have failed all traditional treatments.


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